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Running a marathon!

I have never run a marathon in my life. I feel overwhelmed with the idea of running 26.2 miles. To run from Bennington to Manchester  takes me 30 minutes in my car.

I want to run this marathon to better understand and inspire the people I work with who lack the sense of hope and resiliency.

When I run this marathon, there will be times when I want to give up and feel that I cannot continue. Those will be the times that my inspiration will come from the people I work with. I will think about how hard it is for them when they feel there is no reason to go on. That it is much too painful to continue, but yet they do.

I will keep going for them, and when I finish I hope that they will somehow know that it was them who got me to the finish line.

I hope it will give me a greater understanding of their struggle, while somehow offering inspiration to them, that they too can get through and accomplish things they never thought they could.

I will finish!

Michelle Burnham, Family Services Clinician, UCS

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